This elegant, delicious meal of broiled lobster with herbed breadcrumbs and lemon marsala shallot dressing is perfect for company.
In a small skillet, heat 4 tbsp of the oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the marsala and cook until almost completely evaporated, about 1 minute. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl, whisk in the lemon juice, 2 tbsp water, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper, then slowly whisk in another 1/2 cup oil until the dressing is emulsified.
In a small skillet, heat 2 tbsp of the oil over medium heat, add the garlic and breadcrumbs, and cook until light golden brown. Remove from the heat, and stir in the parsley and basil.
Place a rack 8 inches from the boiler and heat the broiler on medium to medium low.
Place the lobster halves on a baking sheet and spread 2 heaping tbsp of the breadcrumb mixture evenly on each of the halves. Broil until the tops are deep golden brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer the lobster halves to a platter or individual plates, and drizzle with 1 tbsp dressing. Garnish with the basil leaves, and serve with the remaining dressing for dipping.